It’s Wednesday, which means that the Minnesota Vikings have released their first injury report of the week in preparation for their big Sunday Night Football contest against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium, and there were a total of five starters that sat out of Wednesday’s session.
Those five starters are:
- LB Anthony Barr (hamstring)
- G Tom Compton (knee)
- RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring, and nominally a starter even though he’s likely out for a while)
- CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle)
- S Andrew Sendejo (groin)
Barr, Compton, and Rhodes all suffered their injuries during the Week 7 victory over the New York Jets. Mike Zimmer said today that he thought the chances were “pretty good” that Barr and Rhodes would both be available on Sunday, but we’ll have to see how that situation develops through the week.
Cook has missed the last three games, and Sendejo has missed the last two.
Two starters were limited in practice on Wednesday. Offensive tackle Riley Reiff (foot), who has missed the last two games, did some work on Wednesday. So did defensive tackle Linval Joseph (ankle/knee), who was a surprise last-minute scratch against the Jets on Sunday. Their situations will bear monitoring as well.
Three other Vikings were listed on the injury report, but were shown as being full participants in Wednesday’s practice session. They are linebacker Kentrell Brothers (groin), safety Anthony Harris (knee), and wide receiver Brandon Zylstra (neck).
In his first practice since Week 3, Everson Griffen’s name did not appear on the injury report. Since Week 4, he has been listed as “Not Injury Related” when shown as “did not practice.” I haven’t seen any real word on what #97 actually did during today’s practice session, but I would think the fact that his name isn’t listed on the injury report any more is a positive sign.
We’ll keep an eye on the Vikings’ injury situation throughout the week and keep everyone apprised on any developments.